Police in New York City have arrested a man in a case that could signal a frightening trend.
The New York Police Department has announced that they arrested a man who was attempting to enter a building with two cans of gasoline, two bottles of lighter fluid and two butane lighters.
The incident took place just outside the St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City.
37-year-old Marc Lamparello of Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey was placed under arrest without incident.
NYPD Deputy Commissioner of Intelligence and Counterterrorism John Miller explained the incident to reporters at a press conference.
“His basic story was that he was cutting through the cathedral to get to Madison Avenue, that his car had run out of gas,” Miller shared. “We took a look at the vehicle. It was not out of gas and at that point he was taken into custody.”
This comes just days after tragedy struck France as a fire broke out and did massive damage to Notre Dame.